Bike Trip planning and things to consider
Are you Planning for a Bike Trip to enjoy the vacation? If it is so, I bet it is an awesome idea and let me help you plan your trip effectively. Being a die-hard fan of the Bike trip, I am really enthusiastic to write about the prime requirements of these trips so that you can also enjoy the trip with utmost dedication and safety. Some of the guidelines may be known to you and some may not, but it is my moral duty to write all the details and discuss them. Experience of mine and friends being used to create this blog but then also suggestions are most welcomed by your side. Here are some basic and important points which we must consider prior starting to our biking trip:
1. Choose perfect Bike:
Simply means that you should go for a bike which gives you comfort while riding during your Bike Trip. If you already have a bike then you must know whether it is comfortable or not for you. Because short distance comfort does not matter, but when it comes to a long bike trip, then comfortable position while driving becomes the prime requirement. Thought of a long Bike drive in your mind should force you to pay attention to some important things like comfort, stability, power, weight, smooth handling, reliability after service, less maintenance cost, and many more.
To undertake a Bike Trip, you must have a bike with sufficient power and best performance to let you enjoy the ride. Also, it must have sufficient space to pack your luggage plus little extra space for your back support. There are many good companies offering bikes for biking expedition and you can choose out of some like, Royal Enfield Bullet, Harley, and some others.
If you are not having such bikes, then you can even take the bikes on rent from the agencies in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh an also in hilly towns like Manali and Leh. If you don’t want to pay extra for renting, then a normal bike can be used for the expedition but it has some limitations like less power ( a great hurdle in mountain riding ), not good for the long drive (so not suitable for biking expedition) and less space. After having minute attention to all these factors you must choose a good bike to start your biking expedition.
2. Go for in-depth servicing of Bike:
Timely servicing of your vehicle is required but it becomes utmost necessary when you are planning a long Bike Trip. Each and every small part and accessories must be checked during service in person by you and no loose fittings and attachments should be left out after the servicing. Brake, Acceleration, Engine and Lubrication part must be intensely checked for correctness. Brakes must not be too sluggish or too hard.
You should immediately check the serviceability of tyres and if felt a need, must be replaced. Tyre pressure must be kept within limits all the time and you should keep checking tyre for it. As low pressure can cause wear and tear of the tyre while excess pressure may result in a blast of the tyre.
3. Registration and related Documents:
It is not at all required to mention which driving-related documents you must carry but then also you can crosscheck once. Documents that all must be available with you all the time during your Bike trip includes:
- Registration Certificate (RC),
- Driving License (DL),
- Valid Pollution Certificate,
- Insurance certificate (if possible bike must be fully insured and not just third party insurance),
- Permission letters to cross the border if at all required and also for accessing any prohibited area.
- You will have to produce these documents at each checkpoint so all must be readily available and kept safe.
4. FueL Requirements:
For the biking expedition, it is very much necessary that Fuel must be sufficient at all the time and to cater to this you must have knowledge about nearby petrol filling stations en route. It becomes utmost necessary if you are planning your expedition to far-flung areas like the cold deserts of Spiti Valley and Leh Ladakh etc where there is very little chance that you can get access to filling stations. In those situations, an extra container to carry fuel must be carried, and fuel must be refilled as and when possible.
5. Tools/Accessories required :
As you are planning to travel a long journey in the next few days or months by your comfortable bike. You must know that you are not going to have access to repair shops throughout the way. Especially in hilly areas, it is very tedious to find a bike servicing or repair shop even in small towns and the same will be closing very soon in evening hours. So to be on the safe side and to ensure safety you should carry some tools and accessories with you which can be useful in odd times.
In addition to the tool kit supplied by a company with a bike, some miscellaneous accessories like
- Portable Air Pumps,
- Multipurpose knife, Tie wraps,
- Extra Rope,
- Spare Lubrication oil,
- and spare Tyre Tube ( for both tubeless and tube tire for emergency).
- Light filament if needed
- Container for Carrying of extra fuel
You may ask a question as to why to keep the tube when having a tubeless tire fitted with a Bike?… It’s a logical question, but then also to be on the safe side, if tire got punctured and you did not get any repair shop then you can use a tube in the tire till repair, after inflating it to the required pressure.
6. First Aid Medical Kit:
As you are going for a long Bike Trip, so it is not at all possible that you will have an access to medical attendants all the way. In addition, long driving in different climate and roads can also cause physical stress and fatigue to your body. So it is necessary to carry a small Travel Medical Kit or pouch in which some general medicine to be kept ready to use. If really feels so, must consult the doctor as soon as you have access to the hospital on the trip.
Tablets/Medicine must be kept handy for Fever, Cold and Cough, Headache, Anti-Allergic, Common Pain Relief, Vomiting, Loose Motion, Anti-Acid – Antacid. You must ask for advice from a medical expert before purchasing these. It will be helpful for you when you are camping outside or staying at a location where no medics available. For detailed information on which medicine you must buy, please go through the dedicated blog on Travel Medical Kit.
7. Biking Gears:
Biking expedition throws challenges in front of you in terms of harsh weather, bad roads, dead turns, bumpy rides, and others that also with minimal servicing support. So the dress you wear while riding must be comfortable, safe, and should not create obstacles in movement. It should protect you from all weather or in nutshell must be rough and tough. Dressing in terms of safety include the following items but all items should be of good quality:
- a Helmet to avoid head injury,
- Hand Gloves
- Good Sunglasses as the sun shines brighter in hilly areas compared to the plains, hand gloves,
- Knee Protectors to avoid Knee Injury during dear turns,
- all-weather shoes,
- Rain Gear plus clothing,
- Comfortable Trousers and T-shirts.
- Must carry enough Undergarments to cater to all weather like rain, scorching heat, heavy cold, etc.
Pack bare minimum clothing to avoid large bag pack so that ride can be easy and good going.
8. Parking facility:
Parking your bike/vehicle must make a serious entry in your planning list. Booking of stay should be done keeping the parking facility in mind, and if no facility with the hotel then checks for alternatives. If not finding a good option then you must check for proper parking space to park the vehicle before marching to the hotel. Parking space must be well protected, safe, registered with the state government or local authorities.
9. Less spicy food and if possible fruits only
During a bike trip, it is highly possible that you may not get a proper diet at your time, and also the food you get may not be healthy enough. Having unhealthy food and that also at improper timing can cause acidity as well as digestion related problems. It is recommended for you to have limited or negligible foods that are spicy and should consume enough liquid and fruits in place. it will save you from dehydration plus fibres in fruit will keep you energetic and you will not feel hungry.
10. Small but Effective Tips
⇒ Please adhere to simple but effective travel safety tips.
⇒ While planning trekking, you must go through 6 basic trekking tips.
⇒ Food and other required stuff are priced heavily at the isolated locations, hence it is recommended to carry sufficient stock.
⇒ Carry sufficient water and chocolates along in the trek to keep yourself energetic. Please keep filling your reusable water bottles from the waterfalls and streams you are going to cross during the trek. It will save your pocket and also it will save the environment in another way.
⇒ Don’t litter the place around you while at the peak or during the trekking, it is our moral duty to respect mother nature.
⇒ You must have enough cash available with you as there may be a non-availability of an ATM. Hence you should carry enough cash along with you prior.
⇒ No mobile network is available at the peak
⇒ You must carry a small travel medical kit with you on every trip to make you safe from small infections and allergies.
⇒ Try to have minimal weight in your backpack because a heavy load at the back can cause discomfort while trekking. You can go through a helpful guide to backpack for travel.
⇒Don’t throw Plastic and spoil the beauty of Hill station ( and U know Distilled water, Cold Drink Bottles are the main culprit)
⇒Please left this beauty for our next generation to enjoy as well
⇒Try to taste local foods wherever you go
⇒Be polite with serving staff
⇒If time and your will permit, please help locals collect garbage thrown over there by visitors like us so that we can plan the same destination again.
⇒Hotels can be checked online but if possible please visit Hotel personally and then only proceed for payment (especially in the Offseason). If possible book your hotel using Plastic money like Credit Card or Debit Card.
⇒Check your Hotel room for any suspicious things like Camera and all as frauds are on the peak so Don’t compromise with your personal safety.
⇒To take your Camera + additional batteries + memory cards to allow you to capture memorable moments forever without any glitches.
⇒Wherever needed please, Hire local Guides.
⇒Try to enjoy the time there and don’t just keep clicking images unnecessarily.